[Originally published September 28, 2006.]

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W.B. Yeats: “The Indifferent Beak”

T.S. Eliot: “An Easy Tool, Deferential, Glad to Be of Use”

Jonathan Swift: “An Immodest Proposal”

Wallace Stevens: “Pale Ramon”

Ezra Pound: “The Antenna of the Age”

Emily Dickinson: “A Narrow Fellow in the Grass”

e.e. cummings: “Bulge and Nuzzle”

Percy Shelley: “The unacknowledged legislator”